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article imagePeter Capaldi is the Caretaker in new 'Doctor Who' (VIDEOS)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 27, 2014 in Entertainment
Reaching the halfway mark, Season 8 of "Doctor Who" — starring Peter Capaldi — continues apace, with a new adventure and a brand-new monster.
The Caretaker is set in Coal Hill School, the setting of the Doctor's very first adventure, An Unearthly Child, nearly 51 years ago.
In tonight's adventure, the Doctor returns to the school — where his current companion, Clara, is working as a teacher — to track down an alien presence, as described in the following synopsis:
The terrifying Skovox Blitzer is ready to destroy all humanity — but worse, and any second now, Danny Pink and the Doctor are going to meet.
When terrifying events threaten Coal Hill school, the Doctor decides to go undercover.
Over the years, Coal Hill School has featured a number. In 1988, in Remembrance of the Daleks, it came under attack from the Doctor's oldest and deadliest enemies, the Daleks; but, this time, the threat is from the Skovox Blitzer, as played by Jimmy Vee.
Vee is a Doctor Who veteran, having appeared, as numerous aliens, with each of the four new actors to have played the Doctor since 2005. These have included the Moxx of Balhoon in Doctor Who: The End of the World (2005), Bannakaffalatta in Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned (2007) and the Graske in various adventures, including The Sarah Jane Adventures: Death of the Doctor (2010).
The Caretaker is co-written by Gareth Roberts with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat.
His fourth script for the series, Roberts is well known for his work on Russell T Davies's Wizards vs Aliens and, before that, the Doctor Who spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, which starred the late Elisabeth Sladen in the eponymous role, Tommy Knight (recently seen in Jack Thorne's new E4 drama series, Glue), and Daniel Anthony, who, earlier this year, bowed out of the BBC's long-running medical drama series, Casualty, in which he played an openly gay nurse, Jamie Collier.
Roberts's three previous Doctor Who television scripts are 2009's
The Skovox Blitzer (Jimmy Vee)  Doctor Who:The Caretaker (2014)
The Skovox Blitzer (Jimmy Vee), Doctor Who:The Caretaker (2014)
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Planet of the Dead — co-written with Davies (Cucumber) — which starred David Tennant (Broadchurch) as the Doctor, The Lodger (2010) and Closing Time (2011).
The latter two featured James Corden (The Wrong Mans) as Craig Owens, a companion to the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith).
Press the Red Button!
In the UK, on the BBC Red Button, The Caretaker is followed by the latest installment of the behind-the scenes Doctor Who Confidential-lite documentary series, Doctor Who Extra.
Looking ahead to next week, meanwhile, the synopsis for the seventh adventure story of Season 8, Kill the Moon, is now available:
In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle, making a suicide mission to the Moon.
Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.
When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.
Kill the Moon is directed by Paul Wilmshurst and written by a newcomer to the Doctor Who universe: Peter Harness (Wallander). Wilmshurst is already well known to genre fans for directing the first season of Da Vinci's Demons, the Starz/BBC America historical fantasy drama series starring Tom Riley (Robots of Sherwood).
Both adventures star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson and Ellis George as, respectively, his companions Clara Oswald, Danny Pink and Courtney Woods.
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